Publications on labour migration

September 2009

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    News@ILO, September 2009

    01 September 2009

    New enews featuring the plight of migrant workers with HIV/AIDS, recent discussion on employment challenges for rural youth, upcoming National Tripartite Consultations on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and Strategic Collective Bargaining for Employers Road Show, Calendar and Bookshelf.

August 2009

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    The global economic crisis and migrant workers: Impact and response (available in english only)

    13 August 2009

    A report has been prepared by the International Migration Programme as a preliminary examination of the impact of the economic crisis on migrant workers. The Global Economic Crisis and Migrant: Impact and Response assesses the actual and potential impact of the crisis on women and men migrant workers and reviews policy responses. The report also suggests a number of policy measures to reinforce the protection of migrant workers, while preserving the interest of both destination and origin countries.

July 2009

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    Recruitment of Pakistani Workers for Overseas Employment: Mechanisms, Exploitation and Vulnerabilities

    01 July 2009

    This study in Pakistan was commissioned against the backdrop of growing concern globally about the particular vulnerability of both regular and irregular migrant workers to exploitation, trafficking and forced labour. It was undertaken to inform dialogue between Asian sender and Middle Eastern destination countries, at a Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour held in Abu Dhabi in early 2008, along with a sister study addressing similar questions in Bangladesh.

May 2009

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    Unravelling the vicious cycle of recruitment

    29 May 2009

    This study in Bangladesh was commissioned against the backdrop of growing concern globally about the particular vulnerability of both regular and irregular migrant workers to exploitation, trafficking and forced labour. It was undertaken to inform dialogue between Asian sender and Middle Eastern destination countries, at a Gulf Forum on Temporary Contractual Labour, held in Abu Dhabi in early 2008, along with a sister study addressing similar questions in Pakistan. While provisional findings were first presented at that time, we are now pleased to publish the full findings of the research, following the launch of the ILO’s third global report on forced labour, entitled “The cost of coercion” on 12 May 2009.

  2. Meeting document

    Report I(B) - Report of the Director-General: The cost of coercion

    12 May 2009

April 2009

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    National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka Launched

    30 April 2009

    The ILO International Migration Branch, Geneva, and the ILO Office for Sri Lanka, Colombo, provided technical support to the tripartite plus consultative process for the formulation of the National Labour Migration Policy for Sri Lanka. The Policy was officially launched by the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare on 24 February 2009, and approved by the Sri Lanka Cabinet on 30 April 2009.

March 2009

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    Protecting the rights of migrant workers: A shared responsibility

    01 March 2009

    What is the connection between protection of migrant rights and development? How are countries singly or jointly protecting the rights of migrants? The ILO paper "Protecting the rights of migrant workers: A shared responsibility" seeks to address these questions and related issues. It was initially prepared as an ILO contribution to the Second Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which took place in Manila from 27 to 30 October 2008. The ILO hopes the paper will serve as a useful tool to governments, employers' and workers' organizations and all other stakeholders who are keen to improve protection of their workers abroad as well as migrant workers in their countries.

  2. Publication

    The global economic crisis and migrant workers: Impact and response

    01 March 2009

    This research paper, prepared by the ILO International Migration Programme, assesses the impact of the global crisis on migrant workers and reviews policy responses. It addresses the impact on the employment of migrant workers in their countries of destination, on the volume of their financial contributions to the livelihood of their families and to the economies of their countries of origin and on their living and working conditions, which may deteriorate due to an increase in hostility and xenophobia.

February 2009

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    Labour and social trends in ASEAN 2008. Driving competitiveness and prosperity with decent work

    15 February 2009

    This report looks at some of the most important current labour and social trends in the 10 ASEAN Member Countries. It analyses the key factors that underpin long term competitiveness and productivity, and the policy challenges that lie ahead if growth and prosperity are to be maintained-including encouraging innovation and progressive workplace practices, raising the quality of the workforce, strengthening social dialogue and cohesion, and tackling vulnerability.

  2. Publication

    Asian decent work decade resource kit (incl. cd-rom)

    03 February 2009

    The Resource Kit brings together the ILO's expertise, knowledge and tools as they relate to Decent Work and the goals of the Asian Decent Work Decade (2006-2015)